Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States. A master's degree in Spanish prepares you for a variety of lucrative career opportunities. Even in positions that are not specific to the linguistics industry, the ability to speak Spanish makes your resume more attractive to employers and increases your earning potential.
Spanish language interpreters are in great demand. Courts at all levels of the legal system use interpreters to adequately communicate with participants and witnesses. Agencies that perform administrative hearings also utilize interpreters to ensure the fairness of proceedings. Departments of Motor Vehicles and the Social Security Administration are two of the government agencies that use interpreters to communicate with clients. There are also a plethora of translation agencies that contract with Spanish speakers to offer on-demand translation services by telephone. You can work for these companies as an employee or as a freelance contractor. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual income for interpreters as $43,300. However, there are opportunities for increased earnings. The BLS reports that the top 10 percent of all interpreters earn more than $86,410.00.
With a master's in Spanish, you are qualified to teach Spanish to college-level students. You will teach students with little to no experience with the Spanish language and some with a background in it. Instructors create lesson plans and develop appropriate course materials. College professors also monitor students' progress and provide support. According to Hire Ed Jobs, a tenured Spanish professor with a master's degree earns an average of $79,569 per year.
International Program Director
With the expanding globalization of our economy, private and government organizations need assistance in establishing their businesses in foreign countries. If you are willing to work in a Spanish-speaking country, you can utilize your master's degree as an international program director or relations consultant. Domestic companies need to be able to communicate with Spanish-speaking employees and stakeholders as they expand their work into other countries. In these positions, you will use program management skills to carry out your employer's expansion plans. Government listings for this position offer a top annual salary of $138,137.
Government agencies and contractors for the federal government hire and contract Spanish linguists to assist with translation projects. Many organizations work with the nation's security agencies in information-gathering roles. When communications are gathered in Spanish, linguists are needed to monitor, translate and transcribe the information for use in court proceedings. Spanish linguists are also hired to ensure that transcribed documents are accurate based on the information gathered. You may be required to obtain a security clearance for these positions, as you may be working with highly classified and sensitive information. Opportunities in this position list an annual salary of $115,000.
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